Digital India Week

Digital India Week
  • ‘JK’s IT sector generated Rs 307 crore last fiscal’
  • Events held in institutions, districts

SRINAGAR: The association of Information Technology (IT) entrepreneurs in the state Friday said the state earned revenue of Rs 307 from IT sector in the last fiscal.
“The local IT sector generated Rs 307 crore during the last financial year. Of this, Rs 165 crore came from the hardware sales and services, while the BPO sector comprising of customer care centres has been growing faster and generated an estimated Rs71 crore during the fiscal,” the Information and Communications Technology Association of J&K (ICTA) revealed at a seminar held at Kashmir University.
The seminar was organised in connection with the ongoing ‘Digital India week’ celebrations. The event was webcast live and monitored by the Prime Minister’s Office in New Delhi.
“With that sort of sector turnover, it is now incumbent upon the state government to start promoting the IT sector. The state department cannot afford to ignore the sector anymore,” said Mehraj Gulzar, Chairman ICTA.
He said the handicrafts sector of the state has an annual turnover of Rs1, 500 crore, but “the IT sector won’t take long to overtake the traditional sector’s of the state economy.
He, however, said the state government has not dedicated a single resource or staff within the state’s IT department to promotion of the IT sector.
“ICTA, funded by the local entrepreneurs, is the only organisation that promotes the sector. We have since long undertaken to promote our businesses as well as the sector through ICTA activities,” he said.
“Promotion of sector is the responsibility of the state govt and we have been carrying out that task by ourselves since the last six years. The local ICT entrepreneurs have generated over 10,000 jobs…”
Events held across state
Events were organised in various parts and institutions of the state in connection with the ongoing ‘Digital India Week’ celebrations.
SP College here organised a programme on the theme ‘3D knowledge of the world’, the college said in a release issued here.
It said the speakers talked at length about how technology has changed the concepts of space and distance.
“They talked about the relevance of 3D knowledge to teaching-learning process,” it said.
At the end of the programme, the principal of the college presented mementos to participants and congratulated the organisers for the effort, it said.
It said the college is going to organise a series of events in the upcoming days of the ongoing ‘Digital India Week’ programme.
The college will organise debates, quiz competitions, presentations, top-coder programme, and screening movies, it end.
Events were held in Anantnag, Ganderbal and Budgam districts of Kashmir and in Poonch, Samba, Kathua and Udhampur districts of Jammu.
The authorities organised events in which the participants were provided awareness about the initiative and exposed to various benefits it offers.
In Jammu’s Udhampur district, the government said it launched a website ‘Udhampur Newsline’ and while the roadmap for launch of e-district project was discussed.
The Union Ministers participating in the event informed that in 2015-16 fiscal so far 41 districts in 16 states have been included in the Project e-District.
“Udhampur will be 42nd district in the prestigious project list of government of India. The project has also been successfully launched in another 116 districts in FY 2014-15,” they said.